The Pomegranate Prize

The Pomegranate Prize is designed to recognize emerging leaders in the field of Jewish education by encouraging them in their pursuits and offering the resources and connections necessary to accelerate their development, deepen their self-awareness, and amplify their impact on the field.
Through a variety of programs and activities, Pomegranate Prize recipients have the opportunity to work with creative leaders in Jewish education, thereby deepening the field’s “bench” of transformative practitioner-activists and reinforcing those uncommon connections among Jewish educational leaders that the Covenant Foundation seeks to create and nurture.


Rabbi Jessy Dressin, Executive Director of Repair the World Baltimore, in Baltimore, Maryland; Jessie Gindea, Associate Director: Abroad Experiences at KAHAL: Your Jewish Home Abroad and Senior Educator for Base Miami, in Miami, Florida; Rabbi Rachel Isaacs, spiritual leader of Beth Israel Congregation in Waterville, Maine; Rabbi Jordan David Soffer, Head of School at Striar Hebrew Academy in Sharon, Massachusetts; and Laynie Soloman, Director of National Learning and a faculty member at SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva, in New York, NY.


Rabbi Matthew Dreffin, Director of Education at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) in Jackson, Mississippi, Natan Kuchar, Director of Edah in Berkeley, California, Na’amit Sturm Nagel, English Teacher and Associate Director of The Shalhevet Institute at Shalhevet High School in Los Angeles, California, Shara Peters, Head of School at Adat Ari El Day School in Valley Village, California and Beverly Socher-Lerner, Founding Director of Makom Community in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Rabbi Adina Allen, Co-Founder and Creative Director of The Jewish Studio Project (JSP) in Berkeley, California, Maiya Chard-Yaron, Executive Director of Texas Hillel in Austin, Texas, Ilana Gleicher-Bloom, Founding Vision Director of Mensch Academy at Mishkan Chicago in Chicago, IL, Oren Kaunfer, Madrich Ruchani (Spiritual Educator/Director of Jewish Life) at JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School in Watertown, MA,  Hannah Kearney , Director of Havayah, The Teen Community at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, MA.


Aliza Goodman, Director of Professional Development at The iCenter in Chicago, IL, Rabbi Alissa Forrest Miller, Associate Rabbi at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, California, Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson, Director of Education at T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights in New York, NY, Yoni Stadlin, Founding Director of Eden Village Camp in Putnam Valley, New York, Jane Tuv, Director of Programs for Russian-speaking Children and Families at JCC Manhattan’s Generation R Department in New York, NY.


Rabbi Adam Greenwald, Director of the Louis & Judith Miller Introduction to Judaism Program at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA; Rachel R. Harari, Department Chair and Teacher of English Language Arts at Magen David Yeshivah High School in Brooklyn, NY, Alex Jakubowski, founder and Executive Director of KAHAL: Your Jewish Home Abroad in Chicago, IL, Leah M. Kahn, the Rabbi Martin Ballonoff Memorial Senior Jewish Educator at Berkeley Hillel in Berkeley, CA, Greg Kellner, Director of the URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy in Byfield, MA.


Erica Belkin Allen, Assistant Director of Congregational Education at Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Baltimore; Debbie Yunker Kail, Executive Director of Hillel at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ; Rabbi Jason Rubenstein, Dean of Students at Yeshivat Hadar in New York; Rabbi Devin Maimon Villareal, Jewish Studies Department Chair and a teacher at deToledo High School in West Hills, CA; and Lea Winkler, general studies teacher and STEM Coordinator at Cohen Hillel Academy in Marblehead, MA.


Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell, Founder and Director of the Center for Jewish Mindfulness in Chicago, and Program Director for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality in New York; Rabbi Michael Bitton, Director of Educational Technology and Judaic Studies teacher at Magen David Yeshivah High School in Brooklyn, NY; Talya S. Gillman, a Jewish educator and social justice advocate pursuing her M.A. in Transformational Leadership in Seattle; Oren J. Massey, Executive Director of Edah in Berkeley, CA; and Rabbi Yigal Sklarin, a Talmud and Jewish History educator at The Ramaz Upper School in New York.


Risa Alyson Cooper, Executive Director of Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs in Toronto*; Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, Founder of Mishkan Chicago*; Rabbi Yechiel Hoffman, Director of Youth Learning and Engagement at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles*; Rabbi Todd Markley, Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, MA*; and Yonatan Rosner, a Judaic Studies teacher and Director of the T’fillah Kehillah Institute at New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, CA*.


Maya Bernstein, Strategic Design Officer at UpStart Bay Area in San Francisco*; Rabbi Eliav Bock, Founding Director of Ramah Outdoor Adventure at Ramah in the Rockies in Denver*; Rabbi Nicole Greninger, Director of Education at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, CA*; Rabbi Barry Kislowicz, Head of School at Fuchs Mizrachi School in Beachwood, OH*; and Sarah Lefton, Founding Executive Director of G-dcast in San Francisco, CA*.


Rabbi Marc Baker, Head of School at Gann Academy – The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston*; Robert Beiser, Campus/JConnect Repair the World Director at Hillel at the University of Washington in Seattle*; Anna Hartman, Director of Early Childhood Education at Greenfield Hebrew Academy in Atlanta*; Gilah Kletenik, Congregational Scholar at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in New York*; and, Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein, Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, NY*.

*Professional titles listed are those that were current at the time of prize announcement.